Emory Virologist Raymond Schinazi Honored
Emory University virologist and chemist Raymond Schinazi won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the pharmaceutical industry’s 12th annual Scrip Awards in London on November 30. Dr. Schinazi is also an MMG faculty member.
The loudest applause of the night reportedly went to Schinazi, whose award was announced at the end of a black-tie gala that recognized 15 other winners in categories such as the clinical advance of the year, the best technological development in clinical trials and the best financing deal.
Schinazi, an Egyptian-born, English-educated son of Italian Jews, is known for pioneering work in developing antiviral drugs, including Emtriva, which is taken by more than 90 percent of HIV patients in the United States.
He also helped develop a drug approved for use against hepatitis C.
The Scrip is at least the third major award he has received in the past year and a half for his lifetime of work.